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Stop Teeth Grinding by Lowering Stress

Teeth grinding also known as Bruxism, is not necessarily bad when it’s done occasionally. However excessive teeth grinding can lead to tooth damage and may cause serious oral health issues if not addressed. Some examples of issues that can arise due to excessive teeth grinding are fracturing, loosening, or total loss of teeth. Unfortunately, when teeth are worn down severely due to teeth grinding you may need to see a dentist for bridges, crowns, root canals, implants, or event partial dentures. One of the problems with teeth grinding is that you may not even realize that you’re doing it. Since teeth grinding typically happens at night while you’re sleeping, patients are often unaware that it’s even an issue. If you…Continue Reading

5 Foods That Can Whiten your Teeth

Most of us know that there are certain foods that can stain your teeth such as coffee, tea, and red wine. On the opposite side of the coin, there are foods that can help whiten teeth over time. These foods are not only healthy for your body, but also quite helpful for your teeth. In addition, these foods are natural and easy to come by. Apples, Carrots, and Celery There’s a reason why mothers tell us to eat our fruits and vegetables. Apples, carrots, and celery act as a natural stain remover. They increase saliva production which is our own personal cleansing agent for the mouth. They also kill bacteria that causes bad breath. Most importantly, biting down on these…Continue Reading

How to get your Stubborn Husband to go to the Dentist

How to Get Your Stubborn Husband to go to the Dentist Whether the man in your life has an innate fear of the dentist or he just doesn't deem it important enough to go, you may understandably be frustrated with his lack of attention to his oral health. After all, you know the importance of regular cleanings every six months as well as flossing and brushing twice daily. But he may not realize it. Check out these tips to encourage your husband to make an appointment. Recite the Stats Many men think well in terms of numbers, of hard and true facts. Learn the statistics and let him know what you find. 31% of adults aged 20 to 44 have…Continue Reading

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Keeping Your Kids Teeth Safe in Sports

Preventing dental injuries in your kids is of paramount importance when you're a parent. The National Institutes of Health says 30 million children and teens are involved in sports in this country, and more than five million knocked-out teeth occur each year to the tune of $500 million in dental care costs. Common dental injuries that happen in sports include anything from tooth fractures to extrusion to temporomandibular joint dislocation. Knowing this, you may decide it's easier to just keep your kids in a bubble. But while you can't exactly anticipate or prevent all of these potential injuries, you can be prepared for them. Check out these tips: Use a mouth guard: As your first line of defense against sports…Continue Reading

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How To Achieve A Holiday-Ready Smile

The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes parties, cookie swaps, plays and plenty of get-togethers with friends and family. It's so easy to get swept up in the gifts and the shopping and the food that you can inadvertently put your own appearance on the back burner. All that coffee and tea you've been swigging to get through the craziness of Black Friday is now showing its effects on your teeth. Take a good look in the mirror: do you see yellow and brown tints or spots that really detract from your smile? If so, you could benefit from some teeth whitening to get them looking more attractive. After all, you'll be meeting and greeting lots of…Continue Reading